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? how much can you use him? >> president clinton has been an enormous ally for us and asset. two weekends back he was coming in the next day in pennsylvania, and colorado, and people remember that he was a president that came in when the economy was tough, and by the end of his eight years the economy was going well. remember, he and president reagan both in their first mid terms had approval ratings that were sim to where president obama's are right now, but president clinton did so many things to get that economy that was challenged climbing again, and i know president obama looks at his job and feels like it's basically the feel job, take an anemic economy and have it grow stronger, and deal with the deficits over the course of his presidency. there is much to emlate. the good news is, we had a wake-up call earlier in the year. none of the candidates have been running complacently. they have been running scared. for as much concerns people have about the democrats, look at the republican approval rating in the polls. this is not a popular republican party right now. >> some ma
terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and attacked the u.s. lower man families gathered at zuccotti park adjacent to ground zero. >> carl francis. >> chael a. -- >> reporter: as has now become tradition the names of victims were read one by one. the pain and emotions of that day still difficult to revisit nine years later. four moments of silence marked the times each plane hit and each tower fell. vice preside joe biden and his wife dr. jill biden attended the fremony, along with city and state leaders and first responders. and again,in ceremonies continu here in new york and will throughout the day along side some of those rallies that will also be protesting the islamic center. tonight, alex, a tribute in light returns, another tradition. two beams of light illuminating the sky and symbolizing where towers once stood. >> a wonderful traditn that is ry poignant. many people look forward to it every year. as is the peeling of the bells behind you trthere. that is trinity churchr, right? >> trinity church behind us, yes. still standing nine years later as it was after the 9/11 attacks. >
. >> all right. listen. a pleasure. sorry for the brief time. that does for us. i'm dylan ratigan and "hardball" is up right now. >>> no boehner. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews up in new york. leading off tonight, beating up on boehner. president obama and the democrats are facing a possible massacre come november 2nd, so today the president finally did what so many of us have been begging him to do. he went on offense. he gave a name and a face to the republican just say no obstructionism. wannabe speaker john boehner. he called out boehner and the gop for doing nothing but root for failure. he reminded us what makes democrats different than republicans. in short, he reminded us why we elected him in the first place. this is the kind of performance by the president we're going to see apparently every day from the democrats if they are going to stay into power. >>> plus, secretary of state hillary clinton, general petraeus and even the vault can are now calling on pastor terry jones to abandon his plan to burn korans on september 11th, but the florida
the mosque there. and, of course, muslims do not want us to burn the koran. the imam has agreed to move the mosque. we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. and on saturday, i will be flying up there to meet with him. >> all right, all right. time-out. folks, you can't believe a word this guy is saying. he's been shooting from the hip for days now. now, right now, nbc news is reporteding that there is no deal with the new york imam to move the cultural center away from where it was proposed here in manhattan. what's infuriating, really infuriating about all of this is that this -- the world basically has been held hostage by this pastor jones, a small-time lunatic zealot. this nut has gotten the president of the united states, the state department, the pentagon, the fbi, general petraeus, hillary clinton and interpol. it doesn't get any higher than that, does it? we have to really put this in perspective. this is an unparalleled example in my opinion in the information age of how a fly on the wall can suck the air out of the room to the point where the president of the united sta
and exceeding in high levels. don't tell me that these issues are going to stop us from succeeding. we can no longer make excuses in america for the appalling failure we're seeing in so many of our school systems across the country. >> is mark zuckerberg going to be hands-on with money he's handing off? >> he said clearly, i'm a business leader, i'm not an education specialist. i want to put the money in, i'm going to hold you accountable for the results we discussed, but he's not going to be in the mix. he's a great man who said my business i hire great leaders to get the job done. i found the city, he thought and the governor, frankly, committed to my values and he believes he can bring it home. he's not from newark. he has no relationship to our city but a lot of things of newark he believed, leadership at the state level, city level, also the local level, signs of success that we've had, innovations go on that are already extraordinary, that he wanted to be involved with. >> you heard the mayor of new york city take on teacher union say we are going to eliminate tenure, base it on meri
and savannah. >> they call us whacky. they call us wing nuts. we call us we the people. >> christine o'donnell works her magic with value voters. >>> plus, democrats are waving a nationality party campaign but the white house says it's not happening. >>> and the case against men. the evidence that women are better at just about everything. can this really be true? good morning. it's monday, september 20th, 2010. >> i'm chuck. let's get to the rundown before we go to mars and venus. the president working to break through on the economy. it's an hour-long live televised town hall on our sister network, cnbc, and he talks to 200 people from college students to small business owners and retirees. >> the president then hits the campaign trail later on. he's going to head to philadelphia to support joe sestak in favor of arlen specter who was defeated. we're getting real push back from the white house on a story in the new york times that the democrats are bushing an -- >> well, look, the times did get into something. there is a disagreement inside the democratic circles about nationalizing,
money that you've got. come on. you are making this too easy. that does it for us tonigh we will see you again tomorrow night. for us tonight. >>> there's lots to add to what you've seen on our show. "the ed show" is up next. good night. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show." tonight from new york, these stories on the table. and hitting my hot buttons at this hour. breaking news, the psychopastor in florida says he's canceled his plan to burn the koran. but the story is far from over. he's claiming he's cut a deal to move the so-called ground zero mosque in new york. folks, you can't believe a word this guy says. my commentary on that, plus rapid fire response all coming up. >>> democrats, i want you to pay attention and listen carefully to how governor ed rendell of pennsylvania has been hammering the republicans. he just said we can't turn our country over to the "froot loops and crazies." i kind of love that kind of talk. he'll bring the straight talk here in the bottom of the hour. >>> and glenn beck and sarah palin are restoring dishonor in my opinion t
in your presence. the young turk. that does it for us. "hardball's" up right now. >>> tea party on the delaware. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening,. the little state that could. will delaware be the one to make or break the conservatives chances of taking over the u.s. senate this year? tonight, we get the results of the big tea party challenge of christine o'donnell to possibly win the republican nomination for senate over mike castle. if she does, it will be the eighth time in this political season that a far right of center beat out the favorite for a gop nomination. we'll look at all the big races in seven states tonight and the district of columbia and what's at stake. also, there's a great political battle brewing over taxes. my question. who wins if congress fails to stop this tax hike if nothing gets done, who wins then? who wins if the tax cuts are extended for all of us. and harry reid exchanges tweets with lady gaga. he says he'll try to get a vote this week on ending don't ask, don't tell. could this be about the election? why not just get rid of it period. we'
you so much. keli goff. that does it for us. "hardball's" up right now. >>> all hail the coalition. let's play "hardball." obama-clich obama-clichbt. the best move he made was to forge a coalition with the other force in the democratic party, the clintons, naming hillary clinton was just the beginning. last week, she took the front line job. peace in the middle east. this week, bill clinton joined hands with obama touting him in advance of the midterm elections. could there be a stronger role for the clintons after the election? we've got arianna huffington to help with the alliance. is the quote still taboo? we're talking christine o'donnell. our friend bill mahr rebroadcast a clip of o'donnell from the show in which she said she once dabbled in witchcraft. what will the voters of delaware make of that? that said, extremist rhetoric was the official language this weekend. dale peterson said things like, president obama hates america. you know, the usual stuff. this hatred has gotten far out. so far, how the democrats going to fight with it. how about newt gingrich? he's out with t
appreciate you taking a break from counting your rare gold antique coins to join us on tv today. >> gold coins. you know what else? they have chocolate in the middle. >> the great scandal of 2010. thank you, keith. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. we begin tonight with the great unveiling. house republicans held their big take your jacket off photo op today to prevent their agenda for this election year. it was a bit of a flop. not in terms of the photo-op. the photo-op looks awesome. the blue shirts, it's amazing. no problem there. but the reception it received, that greeted it upon arrival was blunt and not positive. their big election year pledge was called, drek and pablum and full of glaring contradictions. also, milquetoast. those were things from people on the right. those terms were from the most popular, heavily trafficked red wing blog, red state and for the club for growth. for all the criticism on the right, if you are in the business of trying to figure out what might happen if republicans win the elections this year, the most important thing
with a built in expiration date at the end of this year. he demanded the democrats vote on taxes without using the suspension procedure. suspension would require a 2/3 vote. more on that in a moment. the senate's fail youure to vote, dick durbin on what he sees as simple math. >> i can count and i know you can too. we have 59 democrats and not a single democrat supports our position that we need to do something responsible, but to help middle income families bring us out of the recession. >> 'is that different after the election? >> well, i hope it will be different. occasionally one republican will respect us. what it gets down to is we can count. we don't have 60 votes for the tax position. we want to say after the election, when we still face a deadline by the end of the year, we will take up the tax issues. >> however immediately after the election, the terms of three a pointed senators expyre from west virginia, illinois and delaware. if they are seated immediately as expected, the republican filibuster would be harder to over item. another issue with which democrats may want to come to g
finally did what so many of us have been begging him to do. he went on offense. he gave a name and a face to the republican "just say no" obstructionism. wannabe speaker john boehner. he called out boehner and the gop for doing nothing but root for failure. he reminded us what makes democrats different than republicans. in short, he reminded us why we elected him in the first place. this is the kind of performance by the president we're going to see apparently every day from the democrats if they are going to stay into power. >>> plus, secretary of state hillary clinton, general petraeus and even the vatican are now calling on pastor terri jones to abandon his plan to burn korans on september 11th, but the florida pastor is not backing down. tonight, i'm going to ask a pastor at jones' church if his colleague is willing to take thç heat when his protests air on tv sets in every middle east cafe inflaming muslim extremists and perhaps well endangering the lives of americans. >>> also, the professional left has been gunning for rahm emanuel and may get its wish if he leaves to run for mayo
>>> and a serial killer action figure on sale at toys "r" us. it is a fictional tv character dexter, but fiction or not, a serial killer doll for kids? >>> and former usc star running back reggie bush could become the first player to ever be stripped of a heisman trophy, not even o.j. simpson had his taken away. >>> and tomorrow the president continues talking about the economy, and taking his message on the road to cleveland. that's where he'll outline some major tax breaks to motivate businesses to start hiring and spending money on research and development. just yesterday, the president announced a $50 billion plan to rebuild and expand roads, railways, and runways. but even these new proposals, the white house are staying far away from calling it a second stimulus. nbc's savannah guthrie is at the white house. i imagine they're avoiding calling it a stimulus because of the critics and what they'll get in backlash, but robert gibbs was asked about it repeatedly today. >> reporter: we asked him about it. it was one of the occasions where the white house press secretary seems to ti
a terrorist attack, even though her father and his president were responsible for us having to absorb the last one. >>> as christine o'donnell finds the gold mine, on the same subject, sharron angle has a big mouth. >> when i said it on sean hannity's television show, we made $40,000 before we even got out of the studio in new york. >> the revelation that fox news is one giant fund-raising and publicity gift in kind to the republican party. i know, you're shocked. >> i'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here. >> your winnings, sir. >>> all the news and commentary now on "countdown." >> i had some business in new york today, so thank you for having me on. >>> good evening from new york. with the final session of congress before election day coming down to the wire now, democrats are still torn between whether to force republicans to vote now in defense of tax cuts for the rich or to duck a vote on extending the bush tax cuts and let republicans campaign against them for letting all taxes rise. if it seems like a no-brainer, our fifth story tonight should remove all doubt. a
that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "countdown with keith olbermann" starts right now. >>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? the great republican small business scam. small business is a brand name. the shocking truth about which businesses are called small businesses and why. the "chicago tribune," a "small business." bechtel, small business. a "countdown" special report, small in name only. with pulitzer prize-winning journalist david k. johnson and chris hayes. >>> and the story of the route to the truth. via lawsuits and this rare slip of honesty. >> when you start to look at who's going to be taxed, about half of all small business income will be taxed under the president's proposal. >> old man yells at cloud. john mccain loses it when confronted by the fact that the military has investigated gay personnel, despite the supposed protections of don't ask, don't tell. >> i know the military very well. and i know what's being done. and what is being done is that they are not seeking out people who are gay. and i don't care what you say. i
>>> this hour, what is the democrats' game plan? dnc chairman, governor tim kaine, joins us. >>> plus, a preacher's plan to burn the koran sparks anti-american protests overseas. well, now the top u.s. commander in afghanistan is sounding the alarm. >>> good day, everybody. i'm norah o'donnell in today for andrea mitchell. and 56 days to go until election day and a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows republicans in a very healthy position for big congressional wins, unless democrats can energize the base. and of course, the major sticking point, the economy. let's get right to democratic pollster, peter hart, who helped conduct the poll for nbc and "the wall street journal." peter, god to the see you. let's first start about the mood of this country, on the wrong track now. 61% of americans concerned about where this country is heading. that is worse than the past two cycles when, of course, party controlled change in congress. what does that tell us? >> people are bleak. it's dark, and they're negative. and what it tells us more than anything else is there isn't c
information for us. bob? >> reporter: katie, i was just thinking as you commented there about the various planes involved. the one that we know of so far, because it's confirmed by american airlines, is that that flight 11 which had been scheduled from boston's logan airport to los angeles,that flight 11 was hijacked this morning. and it is presumed that that may thatbeen one of the planes went into one of the towers of the world trade center. there were at least two more planes involved in this because the other tower was hit. and then the pentagon was also there were eyewitness accounts th it was a plane that went into the pentagon. but so far we don't know the sources of those planes, whether they were commercial planes that had been hijacked, whether they were private planes, whether they had been hijacked at all. and i would point out the report from somerset county, pennsylvania, is so far just local authorities commenting. the faa has not confirmed that crash. so we're waiting to hear more, and i'm hearing just now -- >> bob -- confirming, so this adds to those earlier rumors, tha
the offensive against al qaeoda. >> they may seek to strike fear in us but they are no match for our resilience. we do not seccumb to fear nor will we squander the optimism that has always us as a people. >> nbc's mike viqueira is live at the white house for us. good afternoon you to, mike. earlier in the day as you know the president acknowledged it is a very difficult time for the untry but what was the message here? >> well, alex, first all, you know, not only is it a day of rembrances and commemoration but the president has declared this a daye of service as well. and to that end the president after he spoke with the pentagon went to a school, middle school here, the ron brown middle school in the rtheast quadrant of the city, and helped out for aew minutes painting a wall, help aing with renovations, and joe biden the vice president did the same or is scheduled to do the same in new york city. you're right, alex. today the president has a lot of -- a lot on his plate not only in observing 9/11 but in the context of which the 9/11 anniversary falls this year. there is the mosque controver
the problems of people like us, now this number is down to 50%. now, that is really a huge, huge decline and he needs to make the american people believe that he really connects with where they're at right now. >> do you think he started today -- i watched the whole thing. howard first and then arianna. i've got a commentary in this show. i think that it's great to listen to people who are skeptical. a lot of these business-type guys pretty smart guys up there, shrewd guys. we're grilling him today and he was taking it. >> yeah, he can handle it and i think that's good. the more he's out there talking to people who understand the economic situation -- >> and don't like him. >> and even if they don't like him, fine. >> i love it. >> he's perfectly capable of handling all of that stuff. he's good at it. he's a lawyer. he's an empathetic guy but he's not always in the situation where he can show. >> why do they keep setting him up with those goof ball ringers? what's it like to be great? do you ever get tired of people not understanding your motives? arianna, i hate to be skeptical. well, i am ske
recent indications republicans may not hold middle class tax cuts hostage to have us borrow $700 llion from our children to make permanent tax cuts to the 2% of earners in the country. if these republicans mean what theyas say, there's no reason t delay moving forward on these -f on tax relief for the middle class. >> with me w nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd and also my co-host on "the daily rundow" nice to see you again. >> howdy. >> hello. feels like thefo white house is ready for a rumble with john boehner. we even expect the president to bring this up again this afternoon talking with the fairfax family about the economy. >> that's right. look. they think they have developed a foil in john boehner. right? the premise of ten days when the president went to cleveland, ohio, last week to go to the same city that john boehner went to a couple weeks before and trying to put a face on the republicans but wh's odd here, savannah, about the back and forth between the white house and john boehner about tax cuts ignores the political reality which is
, not a run. i'm not getting on the train to da if there's running. >> there will be no running from us. we got a golf cart. i got, like, those tony soprano sweats, velour and we'll be smoking. we're in new york, we have msnbc and "time" magazine analyst laura halprin. chris jansing and in washington, d.c., nbc political analyst pat buchanan. i don't know if pat is lathered up by what happened last night. pat, we'll get to you in a minute. i was awakened though in the middle of the night by a three-alarm -- not tweet, a three-alarm column by mark halprin, framing last night in opinion pox lip tick terms for the republican party. >> so apocalyptic. republicans were taking a senate seat, there was a building block to get back to the senate majority. it's gone barring some truly unforeseeable development. absolute binary switch. republicans now almost impossible to come up with a way they get the ten-seat majority. in the longer term it shows the republican party has a huge problem. they've benefit friday the tea party movement so far. they'll benefit in november but maybe having a huge, huge
to the 2,752 victims killed when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and attacked the u.s. in lower manhattan, 9/11 families gather at zuccotti park, adjacent toground zero. throughout the morning, as has become tradition, victims of moments l be read and of silence will be marked when each plane hit and each tower fell. at the pentagon, president obama delivers remarks and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial site. and in shanksville, pennsylvania, where united flight 93 crashed, first lady michelle obama, along with former first lady, laura bush, attend a ceremony to honor the passengers who foughback. meanwhile, plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the centerpiece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013. but with each construction step forward,here remains a connection to the past. steel beams pulled from the ground zero rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum, slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a memorial that we will all be proud of and
are accusing democrats of grandstanding. >> they want to use this week for a political exercise. they want to weigh this bill down with controversy and a transparent attempt to show their special interest groups they haven't forgotten about them ahead of the election. >>> just ahead, new york senator kirsten gillibrand and her new bff, lady gaga. >> doesn't it seem to you that we should send home the prejudice, the straight soldier who hates the gay soldier? >> fired up and ready to go? not quite. president obama hears from voters who express their fears over the economy and outline the problem s democrats are facing this november. >>> with us this hour, tim kaine. and will president ahmadinejad take manhattan? iran's president on the world stage. >>> plus, nine americans die in a helicopter crash in southern afghanistan today. with us this hour, state department spokesman p.j. crowley. >>> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in new york. majority leader harry reid has only one hour to convince at least one republican to vote with democrats to try to repeal don't ask, don't tell. the contro
of pennsylvania, the democrat on the hard right is joe sestak. he'll join us soon to talk about his come from behind fight against pat toomey. >>> plus, should president obama have done anything differently to stop the disaster. no federal federal, no wall street reform. finally, wait until you see arizona governor jan brewer's excruciating 13 seconds of brain freeze in last night's debate. that's in the side show. let's start with whether president obama could have done anything differently to avoid a midterm election disaster. politics daily's david corn and micha michael sheerer writes for "time" magazine. michael, i'm going right to you. trust in the government dropping about 20%. yet, obama offered government as the primary solution to most of the nation woes, calling for new investments on health care. they say repeatedly telling pollsters that have helped the economy, if he had been at nothing, a numb nut, done nothing, been a jerry ford, just carried on and done nothing, would he be better off than being the active progress he's been? that's the biggest complaint. >> that's one. the b
to feel comfortable with. so they want to point out these contrasts and say democrats have taken us in the last two years is where we want to continue to go. we know there is a ways to go in produ reducing unemployment rates, but they think it will take the company backwards in a reverse direction. >> the president is attending a campaign party for sestak today. how does the white house pick the races in which the president is going to get involved as opposed to the ones where he's not going to show up for those candidates? >> well, certainly there is a lot of things that they're considering when they decide where to send the president. they want to send him to places where they believe he'll be effective, and certainly you have some races in some areas where the candidate doesn't really want to be tied too closely to the president because of the region they're in and what the voters there want to see. but in a place like here, philadelphia, you have a race with sestak and pat toomey and it's a pretty tight race. you have a lot of democrats across the state of pennsylvania, so they'
was carrying three viable embryos. one more than their health insurance was willing to cover. >> they called us, you know, and said, well, congratulations on your pregnancy and we'll be happy to buy in the insurance once you reduce, let us know when you reduce the twins. we're like, what? >> reporter: reduction means terminating one of the embryos in utero. staggering moral dilemma. >> we can't proceed without insurance, this could destroy us. i tell you, man, i tried for four years to get a heartbeat in that ultrasound, you finally realize that this is a life. i mean, i changed my whole point of view about abortion, about everything. >> reporter: luckily, it was a decision they didn't have to make. christie got them on her personal health care plan which covers multiple births. when it came time to deliver by cesarean section, scotch and todd were at the hospital alongside christie and her husband eric. >> they said, we're starting in five minutes. it was boom! we got the first one. what? you know, it was -- and then it was 9:40, 9:41, 9:42. bam, bam, bam. >> while you're processing your first
about iran. she joins us in her very first interview before addressing the general assembly and meeting all the other delegates. susan rice, thank you so much. iran again challenging the u.n. watchdog saying it is operating illegally, has no right to crack down. he's also saying the u.n. sanctions are having no effect, the effect of an interview -- in one interview he says it was a spoiled kleenex. what is your best information on how to deal with iran and whether these sanctions are having any effect? because certainly in his public statements skand iran's behavio it doesn't seem to have stepped back. >> you wouldn't expect the leader of iran to come ask say the sanctions are killing me. but with all the evidence we've seen, these have proven to be the toughest set of sanctions. u.n. community has ever imposed on iran and they're having difficulty as well as having iran move ships to acquire access to banking. they came in three categories. first, that that we passed at the united nations securities council. then the european union came behind, as did japan and south korea, others, can
pelligrini who lost his house in the fire. gentlemen, first of all, thank you so much for being with us. it is so good to see you both okay and well. bob, let me start with you because as i read your story this morning, nothing short of remarkable. you were actually right next door to the explosion. you and your family are home and you're just watching a football game. tell me what you saw and what you heard. >> well what happened was the ground and the house just started shaking violently, not like an earthquake. it was just shaking and then we'd seen this huge orange plume about 100 feet high go up into the sky and i go, oh, man, it started to come down the street towards us and then shifted away from us. but you could start to feel the heat through the windows and i started to see my windows crack. i went over and felt the door, that wasn't hot yet but the window by the door was and all of a sudden we started getting smoke into the bay window as if the wood on the outside was catching fire. at that point we realized we had to get out. so, my wife, my son and my dog, we went out the b
"hardball." >>> good evening, i'm chris math use in washington. leading off, obama/clinton. the o.c. the best political mooch president obama made in his presidency even before he was president was to forge a lincolnesque coalition with the other force in the democratic party, the clintons, naming hillary clinton as secretary of state was just the beginning. last week, she took the front line job in bringing about what could be obama's greatest presidential achievement, peace in the middle east. this week president clinton joined hands was to forge a coalition with the other force in the democratic party, we have arianna huffington. is the quote still taboo? we're talking christine o'donnell. our friend bill mahr rebroadcast a clip of o'donnell from the show in which o'donnell said she dabbled with witchcraft and between the a date of satanic altar. what will the voters of delaware make of that? republican dale peterson of alabama said things like president obama hates america. you know, the usual stuff. this unthinking hate rested president by right wingers and tea partiers has g
in a news conference but first his spokesman meets us. robert gibbs joins us live. >>> deal or no deal? is this koran burning on or off and does it hinge on the mosque going forward? >>> and a massive explosion over the night in a california suburb. residents running for their lives and it is still burning at this hour. good morning. it is friday, september 10th, 2010. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm chuck todd. live here at the white house, 53rd day before the midterm elections. apologies for the construction noise. that's those guys' fault. let's start with the president's news conference. gets under way two hours from now in the east room of the white house. >> this is president obama's news conference. he's expected to make a big announcement, replacing christina romer. >> that is not the news of the day but it's all over the place. perhaps a question or two about the pastor, about the issue of islam-ophobia and taken hold and we have the midterm elections, debate of tax cuts and the economy. so, there's a lot that the president has to deal with. i think what will be fascinating to se
of us here at nbc news. thanks for joining us. >>> nine years later, the nation marks the anniveary of the 9/11 attacks. but could two brewing controversies overshadow this year's events? >>> a new twist in the saga of that florida preacher o the man who says he may burn korans today is now in new york. what is he doing here? >>> more stories out this morning from people who lived to tell about that massive fire near san francisco. >>> some rays of light. new numbers suggest the economy may not be as bad as people think, but where are the jobs? >>> good morning, everyone, i'm alex whit and welcome to "msnbc saturday." and today marks nine years since the september 11th terror attacks and hundreds will gather at memorials this morning for those who lost their lives that day. special services will be held at the three sites where hijacked planes crashed in new york, washington, and pennsylvania. ut along with this year's events, there's also controversy. nbc's michelle franzen is live near the world trade center site in newth york city. michelle, with a good saturday morning to you. w
on colbert. how about that? >> good morning. on the set with us this thursday morning, national political correspondent for new york magazine john heilemann. >> hi. >> who is the author of "game change." let me just say he feels like talking this morning. >> he does. >> okay? and then we have got msnbc political analyst harold ford jr. who is the author of owner more daves than goliaths." you had a party last night. >> look at the flowers harold brought. >> it was two nights ago. those are the ones from digger. >> those are from a grave. that's right. did you ever try that? >> huh-uh. >> what digger does? he takes flowers off of graves and gives them to girls. >> my family is in the funeral business. we would call that bad form. >> maybe just a tad bit. >> that's how he got dates in college. he said he would get flowers from the funeralhome. >> okay. it's not right. >> bless his hard. >> also with us in washington msnbc political analyst pat buchanan. >> patrick! >> good morning. >> happy fall. how are you doing? >> doing just fine. >> the pat is back. >> the pat is back. >> i've missed h
's deputy political director joining us from washington. so it's called the pledge to america, mark. what's in it? >> well, savannah, there are many components, but among the provisions that they are going to be laying out today, one would be make all the bush tax cuts permanent. another priority for them would hold weekly votes on spending cuts. and then finally, to repeal and replace health care. of course, many of these ideas aren't necessarily new. we've been hearing from republicans for a very long time their desire to repeal and replace health care along with extending the bush tax cuts. but this is a response to democratic charges of where is the beef? what would republicans do if they take back control of congress? and this 21-page document essentially does that. it lays out their ideas, what they would like to accomplish, and their priorities for the next congress. >> all right. mark murray in our washington newsroom. you know, savannah, the interesting thing was the reaction among folks at national review, for instance, or representing the pragmatic ring of the republican party
with a built-in expiration date this year. mr. boehner demanded that democrats vote on taxes without using the suspension procedure. suspension would require a two-thirds vote. more on that in a moment. meantime, regarding the senate's failure, senator dick durbin on what he sees as simple math. >> i can count, and i know you can, too. we have 59 democrats and not a single republican in the senate supports our position that we need to do something that's responsible to reduce our deficit but also to help middle income families bring us out of this recession. >> why will that be different after the election? >> well, i hope it will be different. occasionally one republican will break ranks and help us. what it gets down to, we can count, and we know we don't have 60 votes for our tax position. we want to basically say after the election when we still face a deadline by the end of the year we'll take up all these tax issues. >> however, immediately after the election, the terms of three appointed senators expire from the states of illinois, west virginia, and delaware. if republicans win any
, the democrat running against the hard right is joe sestak. he'll join us soon tonight to talk about his come from behind fight against pat toomey. should president obama have done anything differently to avert a oh tension november disaster? would we have been better off had there been no stimulus spendi spending, no health care reform bill, no wall street reform? we'll debate that point. a new poll shows illegal immigration has dropped off. is it still a killer issue for the republicans? wait till you see arizona governor jan brewer's excruciating 13 seconds of brain freeze in last night's debate in the sideshow. >>> let's start with whether the president could have done anything differently to avoid a med term election disaster. david corn from mother jones and michael sheer writes for "time" magazine. michael, right to you on this. i want to quote you. in 2008, trust in the federal government was at a historic low dropping about 25%. yet, obama has offered government as the primary solution to most of the nation's woes calling for hig new investments in health care, infrastructured. some
in their neighborhood. what a wonder. it's what made us great. what a country and we can have it again. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "countdown with keith olbermann" starts right now. >>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? pledge this. >> they proposed $4 trillion worth of tax cuts and $16 billion in spending cuts and then they said we're going to somehow magically balance the budget. that's not a serious approach. >> as the president pounds the republicans on the lemon of a pledge, even the gop begins to back down. those weren't plans. they were just measurements. >> once americans understand how big the problem is, then we can begin to talk about potential solutions. >> and it's really a pledge to nowhere. the economic policy institute with an astounding crunch of the numbers. how many jobs would the gop pledge kill off? >>> the new health care metric. the number of americans who think we need more doubles the number who think we need none and why is that poll a secret? let's go to the videotape. >> evolution is a myth and even darwin himself -- >> evolu
. >> again, thank you for telling the world about kyler and us, too. >> thank you so much for having me. >> that's september 7th the 2,786th day since president bush declared mission in iraq. and the 141st day of the deepwater horizon disaster in the gulf. i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck. and now to discuss why republicans aren't endorsing other republicans ladies and gentlemen here is rachel maddow. good evening. >>> thank you. and thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. happy day after labor day, everybody. as the day after labor day, today is officially two things. it is the first day on which it is no longer okay to wear white. i'm talking to you. yes, i can see you. it's also this. >> unofficial end of summer means the 2010 campaign season is now in full swing. >> campaign season kicking into high gear today with the arrival of labor day. >> labor day typically marks the unofficial kickoff of the mid-term campaign season. >> labor day of course signals the official start of the campaign season. >> welcome to the beginning of the fall campaign seas
. the weather channel's jim cantore is there for us. jim, good morning. >> lester, good morning. yeah, the national weather service here, the bermuda weather service, says it's called to prepare for a direct hit. the center expected to come within 10 miles of bermuda. and with 100 mile wide hurricane force winds, a direct hit is unavailable in through here. you can already see the wave action behind me crashing into the rock cliffs through here. but they're preparing residents. that's the key, to take a major hit. something they haven't seen since fabian here. they're saying we're going to have roof damage, it's going to be widespread. we're going to have tree and power line damage. the royal navy is on standby. the big question is when are they going to be able to get in here? is it going to be monday afternoon? because it looks like conditions are going to be bad for 20, 30, 40 hours where no one will be able to leave their homes and no one will be out on the road. cruise ships plan to park here? no way. they're not even coming in. this certainly looks like it's going to be a very,
of taking over the u.s. senate this year? tonight, we get the results of the big tea party challenge of christine o'donnell to possibly win the republican nomination for senate over mike castle. if she does, it will be the eighth time in this political season that a far right of center candidate beat out the favorite for a gop senate nomination. are conservatives ready to dump anyone who even wants to talk to democrats? we'll look at all the big races in seven states tonight and the district of columbia and what's at stake at the top of the show. >>> also, there's a great political battle brewing over taxes. my question, who wins if congress fails to stop this tax hike if nothing gets done? who wins then? who wins if the tax cuts are extended for all of us? who wins in november? >>> and harry reid exchanges tweets with lady gaga over gays openly serving in the military. he says he'll try to get a vote this week on ending don't ask, don't tell. could this be about the election? why not just get rid of don't ask, don't tell, period. we'll be back at midnight tonight, 9:00 on the west c
using against them. that means going negative. it means brutally honest, devastatingly negative ads. as one strategist pointed out, anyone who spends money on a positive ad may as well get give money to charity. the democrats are finally getting tough. and that's our top story tonight. >>> plus, what scares you? what's to fear if the republicans grab control of the congress? another government shutdown in order to shift spending power to the congress? a relentless campaign to take down president obama. listen tonight to what the republicans themselves are offering up. >>> also, we have a glimmer of good economic news this morning. the jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point to 9.6%. and 54,000 jobs were lost overall because of the temporary census bureau jobs coming to an end. but the private sector added 67,000 new jobs, higher than expected. that offers hope that things are getting better in the real economic world out there. still some democrats are quite worried about ending bush tax cuts for the top brackets. we'll look into that. some of them are starting to get very wary at
. he's with us tonight. and we have p.j. o'rourke, a good name to have when you're broadcasting from the emerald island. his book is called "don't vote." is he cheering against the democrats? finally let me finish with a need to get in the car and drive. all that's ahead, but first let's check the "hardball" scoreboards. the latest polls in the tight races around the country. we'll start with the connecticut senate race, where dick blumenthal leads linda mcmahon by just three points. joe sestak is now within five points of toomey. in missouri, a poll by has robin carnahan within striking distance of republican roy blunt. but in new hampshire it's republican ayotte with a 14-point lead over democrat hodes. we'll continue to check the hardball scoreboard each night. >>> joining me is josh marshall, founder and editor of "talking points memo" and joan walsh of salon. let me start with you, josh. this new appeal by the president, the vice president, speaking of talking points, they seem to have them. buck up. >> you know, they're in a tough position. they have to get their base out. fran
on us just makes no sense to me. >> this is what i don't get, what do you mean by scapegoating? setting up a blame game situation assuming you're going to get beaten? >> i worry about that a bit. i'm not saying it flat-out. does it cross my mind? sure. i can't think of any other reason to do this. i don't know why you think a way to motivate people is to tell them they're wrong, ungrateful, irresponsible. so when my mind can't find a good political reason. i go to future political reasons. maybe that's it or maybe they're just angry and need to get it in check. >> i think the last one is probably true. human nature may be just ticked off at the left progressive left. let's look at the way the president is using the language. quote, in a new "rolling stone" interview, the president said -- quote the idea that we've got a lot of enthusiasm in the democratic people need to shake off this lethargy. people need to buck up. there's the phrase, josh. i would imagine it's a combination of joan says they're angry that the left has been hitting them hard, and they're trying to get them guilt ridd
an incumbent is smaller. they argue if they can bad brush us as corrupt incumbents they can go after the fact nobody knows who they are. >> the point here is that the hour is late and polling is grim. there's not a lot that candidates can do at this late hour. if you're in the south, a democratic candidate in the south, mountain west, lots of regions in this country, your house speaker is in trouble popularity wise. your president is not that popular. the health care reform plan is not that popular. you have a big drag out there and you have to throw whatever you have out there. despite the success of a democratic legislative agenda, not getting traction. you have to throw something out there and it's often a negative ad. >> i'm thinking the old song "strangers in the night" which is the only number one song frank ever sang. it was a hell of a song. you can build a case about a stranger you can't build about an ike skelton or guy or woman who's been around for a while. you can commit infant size. go after the person before anybody knows who they are. christine o'donnell, all we know about her
and mika have one more day off. heading into the weekend, luckily, chris jansing is here to save us. >> as good as you get? sorry about that! >> we have a great panel with us. andrew ross sorkin. mike crowley is here from "time" magazine and joining us political reporter bob costa. aever also from washington, d.c., sam stein. the average age on the set right now, 17 years old. >> they asked where are the grown-ups. i'm it. >> we have a lot to talk about this morning but the headline, chris, hurricane earl. >> what a mess is out out there. hurricane earl is racing up the east coast after lashing eastern north carolina with severe rain and powerful winds this morning. for more on how the northeast is preparing for the storm we turn to the weather channel's julie martin who is in ocean city, maryland. good morning. >> good morning, chris. yeah, we're next here at ocean city, m.d. i don't know if you've seen the video from cape hatteras but they are getting battered pretty good down there. and expecting more of the same heading this way to mid to late morning in ocean city. i want to sh
good anniversary, the day congress permanently established the u.s. peace corps. >>> let's start with bob woodward's book. andrea mitchell nbc news's chief correspondent and chuck todd is nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent. let me go to andrea first. andrea, let me read to you a quote from the book. this is something obama told his aides. "i think i have two years with the public on this. they'll stand by us for two years. that's my window." that seems to be a statement that politics plays a role in his thinking about how long to keep us in afghanistan. >> i think the politics does play a role but that is a commander in chief and a president who is trying to understand what leeway he has. i think it is defensible. i have talked to michael beschloss and others who say that this is someone trying to figure out what is tolerable by the american people. i think they can explain this and say this is exactly what he is doing. >> well, he's saying how much he can get away with in terms of keeping his troops there, because his base will depart from him otherwise
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